Elizabeth “Betty” Curtis Fuson

June 09, 1944 ‒ March 12, 2010

Mount Gilead, Ohio

To live life to the fullest and to love your family with all of your heart and soul was something that came naturally for Betty Fuson. She cherished every moment and most especially every moment with her beloved family.

Elizabeth “Betty” Curtis Fuson, age 65, of Mount Gilead, died Friday evening, March 12, 2010, at the Ohio State University Medical Center surrounded by her family.

On June 9, 1944, Betty was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late William “Ted” and Irene “Gram” (Blake) Hill. She graduated from North Chelmsford High School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

While working as a hotel attendant in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Betty met Arthur S. Curtis who was in town for months while his company completed a project for Anheuser Busch. Betty and Art were married on August 7, 1970, and she and her son, Michael, moved to Mount Gilead to join Art’s family in the fall of that year. Bringing each of their own families together, they “blended as if they were their own.” They shared over twenty seven years of marriage, until Art preceded her in death on December 1, 1997.

Always greeting customers with a smile, Betty served as a hostess for many years at Bob Evan’s Restaurant and retired after years of service as a cashier for Kroger’s, both in Marion.

A woman of faith, Betty was a member of the Grace Brethren Church in Edison, where she had many dear friends. She had also been a member of the Eastern Star Burgoyne Chapter #178 in Mount Gilead.

During the 1970’s and 1980’s, Betty coached girls recreational softball in Mount Gilead, helping give younger women the opportunity to play sports at an early age.

Betty also found great joy in watching Michael J. excel in sports. Some of her favorite memories involved traveling with Art, Gram and the family with their cow bells in hand following Michael from game to game through high school, at Ohio State and throughout his professional baseball career.

Betty struck up a friendship on the golf course with Howard Fuson in September of 2000. Getting a second chance at love, Betty and Howard married on October 31, 2003. Together they shared a love for golf, and Howard understood first and foremost if he wanted to be with Betty, he would also have to be with “Gram” and the entire family.

An avid bingo player, Betty was often teased by her family that she should start a new club, “Bingo Lovers of America”. She shared this love with her mother, Gram, and her love ran so deep for her beloved game that she even named her dog “Bingo”.

For Betty, her family was the most important thing in her life. She looked forward to the holidays because she knew when her entire family would gather, the house would be filled with love and lots and lots of laughter. She was the proudest wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother you would ever meet.

Betty will be dearly missed by her husband, Howard Fuson of Mount Gilead; children: Michael J. (Diane) Curtis, and their children: Kaitlyn, Arthur James “A.J.” and Connor, all of Waukesha, Wisconsin; John (Debbie) Curtis of Mount Gilead, and their children: Ryan (Elizabeth) of Mount Gilead, Kevin (Jenna) of Cincinnati, and Scott (Brittany) of Delaware; Michael D. (Jean) Curtis of Cardington, and their children: Sarah of Delaware, Rachel of Cardington, David of Delaware and Elizabeth (Tyler) Franklin of Tennessee; Bill Curtis of Indiana; Kevin (Vicki) Fuson of Galion, and their children: Megan and Courtney; Howard Allen Fuson of Mount Vernon and grandchildren Kelly Hollis; John Bush, JoAnn Hogan, Amy Moore and Robert Bush; great-grandchildren: Liam Curtis, Addie Curtis, Sophia Montealegre and Sebastian Dondalski; and a brother, William (Mary Ann) Hill of North Andover, Massachusetts.

Betty will also be missed by her dear friends Tom and Pam Neviska and niece Dottie (Cooper) McAvoy and the entire Cooper family, along with numerous friends and relatives.

In addition to Art and her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her grandson, Erik Doyle Curtis; a son, Kris Fuson and a daughter, Jan (Curtis) Bush.

The Curtis and Fuson families will greet friends from 5 – 8 p.m. on Monday, March 15, at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mount Gilead, where memorial services celebrating her life will be held on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor John Shirley officiating. Inurnment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2225 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219-3651.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Betty’s family, you may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.